A conservative columnist and commentator thinks Big Labor will
continue to try and unionize Walmart in the new year.
Protests were held at various Walmart stores
across the U.S. on this most recent Black Friday, with workers and
other workforce advocates making good on their promise to demand
higher wages and better benefits.
As a result, Fred Wszolek of the Workforce Fairness Institute
thinks unions will remain focused on unionizing the retailer.
"They make a move every day. Walmart is
the biggest company in almost any category you want to name so,
obviously, you go duck hunting where the ducks are," he says.
"There are a lot of employees there, but I think every time
they've been asked, workers have turned down unionization. And it's
really because they just don't see what value they get in return
for their money, which is the pattern you see everywhere in the
private sector -- if given a choice, virtually no one wants to be in a union.
Wszolek also says "unless they can get the National Labor
Relations Board (NLRB) to rig the rules and make it easier for
unions to organize workers, these private sector unions are going
to continue to struggle, especially when workers pick up the paper
and read about nonsense like Hostess."
Hostess announced it was closing operations this month, citing a
strike by the bakers' union protesting a new contract imposed on
them by the already bankrupt Hostess. Some of the blame has been
placed on the Teamsters union. Meanwhile, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called the
situation a "microcosm of what's wrong with America, as Bain-style
Wall Street vultures make themselves rich by making America poor."
Trumka added that "crony capitalism and consistently poor
management" drove Hostess into the ground.